Course Title: Apply research skills within a contemporary health environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: NURS5290C

Course Title: Apply research skills within a contemporary health environment

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5313 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing)

Course Contact: Leeanne Mond

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Bianca Rohlje

+61 3 9925 4809

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required of the Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse to demonstrate nursing practice in a contemporary health environment using research skills

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN514B Apply research skills within a contemporary health environment


1. Identify a need for research into health issues

Performance Criteria:

1.1       Monitor issues in nursing practice to identify potential areas for research

1.2       Identify issues relating to principles of best practice and quality management in practice as potential areas for research

1.3  Work with an awareness of factors that influence health care and may benefit from research


2. Identify client-related issues in participating in research

Performance Criteria:

2.1       Identify physical and emotional support needs of clients to be involved in research

2.2       Identify individual client values and perceptions in relation to participating in research

2.3  Identify the emotional and physical needs of family and significant others in supporting the client to participate in research


3. Undertake a critical analysis of planned research

Performance Criteria:

3.1       Identify ethical and cultural considerations when planning nursing research

3.2       Identify appropriate research methodology to address the research topic, type of data collection and analysis to be undertaken and potential uses of the data

3.3  Analyse the implications of the research in relation to validity, efficacy and cost effectiveness


4. Develop a research proposal in consultation/ collaboration with others

Performance Criteria:

4.1       Conduct a literature review and analyse the results

4.2       Select an appropriate methodology and data collection process

4.3       Ensure ethics approval for research is obtained as required

4.4       Develop a schedule of events and funding required

4.5       Outline validation and evaluation strategies

4.6       Describe data analysis rationale and method

4.7       Develop a response to possible barriers to the research

4.8  Describe the method of dissemination of research finding


5. Participate in nursing research

Performance Criteria:

5.1       Apply an appropriate research approach to nursing practice within the scope of the Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse

5.2       Apply appropriate ethical principles and practices in relation to consent and confidentiality of research information

5.3       Use nursing research methodologies and resources appropriately

5.4       Participate in data collection for nursing research

5.5  Contribute to research toward continuous improvement programs

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students should be able to:

  • Understand the need for health research
  • Plan and participate in Nursing & Health Research
  • Understand and demonstrate the link between health research and best practice principles

Details of Learning Activities


Learning activities include:

  • Classroom Teacher delivery
  • Group work
  • Self directed learning
  • Research

Teaching Schedule


1Introduction to research
2Research participation and application
3Research considerations and ethics
4Writing a literature review and critical analysis
5Research proposals
6Research approaches in nursing


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Underpinning knowledge for this unit of competency will be assessed via the following methods:

  • Group class presentation
  • Written Assessment

Assessment Tasks


This unit is part of an integrated program.
You must demonstrate Performance and Knowledge Evidence of the unit in order to be deemed competent.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

The skills and knowledge to be assessed within this unit are as follows:

1. Workbook

2. Group presentation

3. Clinical placement

Competency based training requires you to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

All Assessment tasks should be performed or submitted by their due dates.

If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to attend on the due date of an assessment (e.g. test, examination, oral, etc.) OR you do attend, but your performance has been affected, you may submit an APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION within two (2) working days of the due date. If Special Consideration is granted, you will be given the opportunity to complete/repeat the assessment task at a later date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.

If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to submit by the due date (e.g. assignment, report, project etc.):
• you may submit an APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK for an extension of time of up to seven (7) calendar days or less. This must be lodged with the Program Coordinator one (1) working day before the original due date. If granted, you will have the opportunity to submit up to seven (7) days later than the original due date. For advice on this application please or speak to your Program Coordinator.
• you may submit an APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION within two (2) working days of the due date. If Special Consideration is granted, you will be given the opportunity to submit the assessment task more than seven (7) days after the original due date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.

You are expected to prepare all assignments and other written work in a professional manner. More information on general academic study and writing skills can be found on the “Learning Lab” . All work submitted for assessment must be submitted electronically unless otherwise advised.

Students must keep a copy of all submitted assessments including electronic copies.
Harvard style is used for all referencing and for bibliography.
RMIT University has a strict policy on academic integrity and plagiarism and. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
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This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced at

Credit transfer and RPL

Credit transfer is available to students who have already completed the same or similar courses. Recognition of prior learning is available to students who have relevant prior skills or experience. Please refer to;ID=8u7jborsx9dy (unresolved)

Assessment Matrix


The assessment mapping demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency and with the performance evidence, knowledge evidence and assessment conditions for each unit.

The Assessment Matrix is available on Blackboard.

Other Information


There is no recommended text for this unit.

Each assessment will be marked as either Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory.

In order to be assessed as Competent for this unit you must achieve a Satisfactory result for each assessment task.

The student is expected to attend classes, Lab sessions and Clinical Placement where applicable.

Resubmission or Reassessment of an Assessment Task:

There are no resubmissions of assessments which are Not Satisfactory. However individual consideration may be given in consultation with the Teacher and the Program Coordinator.

Reassessment of students who have attempted to undertake a practical assessment in the Clinical Lab (resulted as Not Satisfactory), and have attended all Lab sessions will be given one (1) further opportunity to demonstrate a Satisfactory result.


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